Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lead counsel for the embattled Indigenous People of Biafra leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has claimed that the Department of State Services has refused to obey court orders granting his client maximum comfort in detention, change of clothing, amongst others.
Ejiofor in a statement titled ‘Update On Today’s Visit To Our Indefatigable Client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu At The Headquarters Of The Department Of State Services (DSS) Abuja’ and released on Tuesday December 7, alleged that the secret police has “unrepentantly continued to treat the orders of the court with greatest disdain”.
Maintaining that Kanu has not been convicted for committing any crime and is still presumed innocent, the IPOB leader’s lawyer also revealed that they will be approaching the court.
The statement read;
“We were informed by our client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu that none of the pronouncement made by the Court on the 2nd of December 2021 has been obeyed by the lawless DSS. They have unrepentantly continued to treat the Orders of the Court with greatest disdain.
“Our client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu further informed us that he had not eaten anything since Sunday, apparently being punished because we dared to complain to the court about the harsh condition under which he is being held in custody. But, very, unfortunately, this should be the height of their reckless affront to the orders of court.
“At the time Her Lordship made these far-reaching orders in open court, I did not mince words in bringing to the attention of the court that the operatives of the DSS will flout these orders, pursuant to which the court specifically directed me to come back to her with these facts if her order is flouted by the detaining authority.
“The detaining authority (DSS) is an Agency clearly established by instrumentality of the laws and should operate within the confines of the same laws establishing them, and should not be seen as a lawless entity, which unfortunately is what they represent in practice.”